Jim Samples


TVN sells out of Onet

Ringier Axel Springer Media has become the sole owner of Polish web portal Onet after buying the remaining 25% of the business it doesn’t already own from joint venture partner TVN. The acquisition stems from an agreement signed by Scripps-owned Polish media company TVN and Ringier Axel Springer Media in 2012, the year that the […]

TVN Media names new board president

Scripps Networks Interactive-owned Polish broadcaster TVN has appointed Piotr Tyborowicz as president of the board of its sales subsidiary, TVN Media. Tyborowicz, who heads TVN’s ad sales division, takes over from TVN CEO and managing director, Jim Samples, who will now head the firm’s supervisory board. At the same time TVN appointed Piotr Korycki as vice […]

ProSieben, Scripps agree huge lifestyle deal

ProSiebenSat.1 and Scripps Networks Interactive have agreed a 1,200-hour programming deal that will see a raft of SNI shows go out on the German broadcaster’s channels. The deal covers factual, factual entertainment and lifestyle programming from SNI, which will air on branded blocks on the Sixx, ProSieben Maxx and Kabel Eins Doku nets in Germany. […]

Scripps int’l chief to take on TVN presidency

Scripps Networks Interactive has named Jim Samples as president of its Polish subsidiary TVN, with Scripps chairman and president Kenneth Lowe taking the role of chairman of the Warsaw-based media group. Samples has headed up TVN on an interim basis since the departure of Markus Tellenbach in July last year. He will now serve as […]

HGTV set for European debut in Poland

Scripps Networks Interactive is due to roll out its home and garden-focused cable network, HGTV, to Poland in January 2017, marking the channel’s European debut. The network, which broadcasts a variety of how-to shows geared towards home improvement and gardening, will be available via Scripps-owned Polish operator TVN. The Polish version of the channel will […]

Tellenbach out at TVN, Samples takes charge

Media veteran Markus Tellenbach is leaving his post as president and CEO of Polish media group TVN, with Scripps’ international chief Jim Samples filling the role until a permanent replacement is found. SNI said Tellenbach is stepping down without citing any reason for his departure, which comes 12 months after Scripps completed its takeover of […]

Scripps ups int’l CFO to new post

Scripps Networks Interactive has promoted international chief financial officer Simone Nardi to a new post. He will now be managing director, finance and operations for Scripps Networks International, the worldwide arm of the US cable channels group. Based out of New York, he will continue to report to SNI’s international president, Jim Samples. Nardi (pictured) […]

Scripps clinches €584m TVN deal

Scripps Networks Interactive has closed its acquisition of a majority stake in Polish commercial broadcaster TVN from ITI and Canal+ Group. Scripps has acquired a 52.7% stake in the broadcaster for €584 million (US$647.3 million). The US-based pay TV company has acquired the stake by taking 100% control of N-Vision, a company that, directly or […]

Scripps poaches Luff from Discovery to run EMEA

Lifestyle channels operator Scripps Networks Interactive has brought in Discovery executive Phillip Luff to run its EMEA business. As managing director, Scripps Networks UK & EMEA, Luff will replace Jon Sichel, who is returning to the US to take a newly-created commercial role. Luff (left) joins from Discovery where he was most recently running the […]

Scripps ‘offers BBCWW £500m for UKTV’

Scripps Networks International has reportedly offered the BBC as much as £500 million (US$849.2 million) to buy the latter’s commercial arm out of their joint venture channels operator, UKTV. A deal would give it full control of 10 channels such as Dave, Watch, Yesterday and Gold. UK newspaper The Guardian reports Scripps has made “multiple […]